Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mussoorie Hill Station Tour | Masuri Hill Station Tourism | Tourist Attration in Mussorrie | Summer Cool Hill Station Mussoorie - Queen of Hill Stations

Mussoorie Township

Mussoorie, sometime pronounced masuri, the famous queen of hill stations, is located around 34 kms from Dehradun and 290 kms north of Delhi. The hill station is positioned at an average height of 1, 880 meters above the sea level in the Garhwal hills, and peeps down the verdant and luxuriant Doon valley in general and the city of Dehradun. Mussorie with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. Mussoorie is one of the beautiful hill stations in India and is frequently visited by tourists. Commanding snow ranges to the north-east and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges in the South, the town was once said to present a ‘fairyland’ atmosphere to tourists. Due to its proximity to the  national capital Delhi for a weekend trips and holidays, it provides excellent respite to people who want relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains. Also, major Hindu pilgrimage sites like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Rishikesh are in proximity of this township.

Tourist Attrations in Mussoorie

Tourism is the most significant segment of Mussoorie's economy and there are many places where tourist can visit. It has a nature walk known as "Camel's Back Road". The Camel’s Back Road a 3kms road stretching from Kulri Bazar near Rink Hall and ending at Library Bazaar, gives a great sunset view, and also provides great scope for horse riding lovers. The name of the road descends from the fact that it seems to be similar in shape as Camel’s Back, if seen from Mussoorie Public School. The other places of tourist attractions are followings:

Gun Hill

Gun Hill which is treated as the second highest peak of Mussoorie, is a 20-minute walk from the Mall Road or ropeway ride could be taken to reach this place. The sheer thrill of ropeway ride is memorable. The name is given to the tourist spot because during the pre-Independence times, a gun was mounted on the hill which was fired during mid-day to make the people adjust their watches. The peak presents a spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges vis-à-vis, Bunderpunch, Shrikanta, Pithwara and Gangotri group respectively. Gun Hill also presents bird eye view of the fabulous Mussoorie town, and the rich Doon valley.

Municipal Garden

The Municipal Garden, previously known as Mughal Garden gives the tourists natural and idyllic experience altogether. The garden has an artificial mini lake and one can even go for boating. The garden is quite close from Mussoorie, at a distance of 4 kms. from the main road, and almost 2 kms. via foot from the Convent road.

Nahata Estate

Previously known as "Childer's Lodge” is a huge property of more than 300 acres, owned by Nahata Family.  It is the Highest Peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba. It is about 5 kms from the Tourist Office and one can go on horseback or on foot. Snow view from this spot is exhilarating.

Jharipani Fall

Jharipani Fall is about 8.5 kms from Mussoorie on Mussoorie- Jharipani Road. Visitors can go by bus or by car upto 7 kms to Jharipani from where the fall is 1.5 kms, on foot.

Bhatta Fall

Bhatta Fall is about 7 kms from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun road. Access by car or bus upto Balta village and from there the fall is 3kms by car or foot. It is an ideal spot for bathing and picnics.

Kempty Fall

Kempty Falls a natural water falls is situated at an altitude of 4500 feet, is 15 kms from the town on the Yamnotri Road. The beauty of Kempty Falls can be attributed to the high mountainous ambience. It has the distinction of being the biggest and prettiest waterfall located in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by high mountains. Bath at the foot of the falls is refreshing and pleasurable for children and adults alike.

Nag Devta Temple

An ancient temple situated dedicated to Snake God Lord Shiva on Cart Mackenjie Road and is about 6 kms from Mussoorie. Vehicles can go right upto the spot. It provides a charming view of Doon Valley as well as of Mussoorie and Doon Valley.

Mussoorie Lake

A newly developed picnic spot, situated on Mussoorie- Dehradun road and is about 6 kms from Mussoorie. It is a delightful spot. Pedalled boats are available at this place. It commands an enchanting view of Doon Valley and nearby villages.

Van Chetna Kendra

At a distance of about 2 kms on Tehri by pass road, this place is developed as a picnic spot and has a park surrounded with pine forest and flowering shrubs, and is approachable by foot or taxi/car. The main attraction is the wildilife of the park like Ghurar, Kanankar, Himalayan Peacock, Monal etc.

Sir George Everest House

Park Estate is where one can find the remains of the building and laboratory of Sir GeorgeEverest, the Surveyor – General of India from 1830 to 1843. It is after George Everest that the world's highest peak Mount Everest is named. It is around 6 kms from the township. The Park Estate of Sir George Everest, First Surveyor General of India, Who had his office and residence here, is approachable by road.

Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill)

The Jwalaji Temple is about 9 kms to the west of Mussoorie and at an altitude of 2104 mtrs. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and has an idol of Mata Durga in it. The temple is surrounded by thick forests and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley.

Clous End

The bungalow built in 1838 by a British Major was one of the First Four buildings of Mussoorie. The bungalow has since then been converted into a hotel called Clouds End, and is situated at the extreme west of Mussoorie Hill, 8 kms from Library. The resort is surrounded by thick forest, offers a wide variety of flora and fauna besides a panoramic view of snow clad Himalayas, and Yamuna river. The most ideally suited resort for fireigners and honeymoon couples.

Excursion near to Mussoorie

Naga Tibba

About 55 km, an ideal spot for trekking. Naga Tibba is the highest peak around Mussoorie at 10,000 feet and is covered by thick forests.


On Mussoorie-Tehri Road 25km away, it has deodhar forests and mountainscapes. . Dhanaulti is the place where a tourist can spend lots of time as this place is fully covered with White Mountain. Dhanaulti is also identified as Dhanolti so a tourist must not get confused if they hear about any of the names. Chamba is another nearest tourist place of Dhanolti so reaching this place allows a tourist to enjoy some more spots. Tourist spots in Dhanolti are Chamba, New Tehri, Barehipani and Joranda Falls, Dashavatar Shrine, Chanderi, Deogarh, Jain Temples, Surkanda Devi and Kanatal.

Surkhanda Devi

Surkhanda Devi Temple at 10,000 feet, 35 km down the Mussoorie - Tehri road, perched on a peak, the temple demands a stiff two-km climb form devotees. The temple, goes the legend, was built on the site where the head of Shiva's consort (Shiva is the destroyer in the Hindu trinity) fell after it was chopped off to stop Shiva's terrifying dance of death that was shaking the universe to its very core.

Lakha Mandal

About 80 km away on the Mussoorie-Yamunotri Road. Linked with the Mahabharata with idols of archaeological importance.

Season to visit Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a hill station which has pleasant climate around the year. It is a very cool place with greenery at its full bloom during September to November. The best seasons to visit Mussoorie is between April to June and again during September to November. When the plains of North India experience heat waves, Mussoorie provides a welcome break. September - November is spring time here. During this season Himalayas are clearly visible. It is better to avoid monsoons as the roads to Mussoorie are in bad shape. Same thing applies for the winter when roads are blocked due to snowfall.

Reaching Mussoorrie:

By Air: The closest airbase to reach Massoorie is the JGA (Jolly Grant Airport) positioned 24 km distance from Dehradun. Frequent flights are available from various cities of India, especially from Delhi.

By Rail: The nearest railway station near Masuri is Dehradun, which is just 34 kms away. Frequent rails from Delhi, Amritsar, Bombay, Varanasi and many other cities are available to reach Dehradun.

By Road: There are direct buses from Delhi to Mussoorie, along with private taxis. Buses ply every half hour from Dehradun to Mussoorie. Private taxis and shared taxis are favored by a majority of visitors.